AWT News Update: August 30, 2016

mophie ChargeForce case for iPhone

mophie ChargeForce case for iPhone

Accessories are at the top of the Apple news today, along with a reminder...

  • Tomorrow -- AUGUST 31 -- is the last day for entries in our Team AWT Drobo 5Dt giveaway. Click here for information on joining Team AWT, or click here to enter the giveaway if you're already a member
  • Olloclip announces an articulating mobile video grip called the PIVOT that should be available in October.
  • Griffin Technology wants to make it easy for iPhone 7 listeners to use their favorite "wired" headphones without wires with the iTrip Clip.
  • Mophie announced a bunch of new members of its Powerstation battery pack family, including one with USB-C and another that works with a wireless charging battery pack for iPhone. 

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 30, 2016. Here are several of today’s Apple news highlights.

Just a couple of quick things before we talk about the news. First, I want to thank our listeners for making this our best month ever. Our number of podcast downloads is up 172% over last month, and we still have two days to go in the month. Second, Apple World Today made it to the Feedspot top 100 list, coming in at #42 for our first appearance on the list. While that doesn’t sound that great, we’re higher on the list than some much more well-known sites run by highly-recognized Apple pundits. And finally, please remember that tomorrow — August 31 — is the last day to enter our giveaway of a Drobo 5Dt Thunderbolt 2 mass storage device and five 2TB drives to go in it. You must be a member of Team AWT to enter.

Olloclip is pretty well known for their add-on lenses for iPhones, and today the company announced that pre-orders have begun for the PIVOT, an articulating mobile video grip. Optimized for mobile videography, the device has a universal clamp that holds any smartphone with between a 4 and 5.5 inch screen, a 1/4-20 mount and GoPro adapter for connecting to compact cameras, an integrated cold shoe mount for adding accessories, and a 225° articulating hub design. It’s waterproof for use underwater and features a nice ergonomic design for handholding. The Olloclip PIVOT will be available next month for $49.95.

Keeping in the theme of accessories today, Griffin Technology has come out with an accessory that will let you use your favorite pair of wired headphones with your iPhone 7 that comes without an audio port. The new iTrip Clip is a tiny little divide that is self-powered by a rechargeable 800 mAh battery and connects headphones or car audio systems to a smartphone with no headphone jack by using a Bluetooth 4.1 connection. It has a set of media control buttons if you wish to use it to control music playback, and has an integrated microphone for receiving calls and accessing Siri. The battery in the iTrip Clip is expected to provide 180 hours of standby time and 6 hours of talk time. It will be available from Griffin in September for $19.99.

Our final accessories today are from battery pack maker Mophie, which launched number of Powerstation battery packs. First is the $99.95 Charge Force Powerstation, which has a whopping 10,000 mAh battery and works with mobile device that uses the Qi standard and with the Mophie Juice Pack Wireless case for iPhones — basically, you can just lay your iPhone in the juice pack wireless case onto the Charge Force Powerstation and it will charge up with no need to connect a cable. Next, is the updated Powerstation lineup, ranging in capacity from the $29.95 Mini with 3,000 mAh to the $99.95 XXL with 20,000 mAh. For those who need to switch between charging Lightning and micro-USB devices, Mophie is offering the Powerstation Plus with a cable that can be used for both connector types. It comes in three different capacities: 4,000 mAh for $59.95, 6,000 mAh for $79.95 and 12,000 mAh for $99.95. Finally, the Powerstation USB-C is $99.95, includes a 10,000 mAh battery and supports 15-watt fast charging. It’s backward compatible to existing devices through a secondary USB-A port.

That’s all for today; We’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with another edition of the AWT News Update.